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According to Football Insider, Leeds United are set to leave a number of their players at home while the club go to Australia for their pre-season tour.
The Whites are reportedly set to leave all of their new signings and their international players behind for this tour.
This comes less than a week after Danny Mills revealed that Pontus Jansson was sold by the club because he continually asked for an extra week off after his return from Sweden duty.
Bielsa’s stubbornness throughout the Jansson saga has previously been documented, but this latest development makes it seem even worse.
Jansson requested an extra week off after playing two games for his country in June, but Bielsa was unwilling to compromise.
Ezgjan Alioski, Mateusz Klich and Jamie Shackleton are effectively getting what Jansson wanted. They will do light training while the rest of the team are away, and that’s what the Swede was trying to do while he worked with Malmo.
It’s contradictory, and suggests that the manager’s choice was more to do with getting his own way rather than actually needing the 28-year-old to report back to training immediately.
He has now recognised that the international players need a few more days to rest and he has granted them that time, but when Jansson asked a few weeks ago, it looks to have played a part in costing him his Elland Road career.
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It’s tough to comprehend Bielsa’s trail of thought on these two matters. He sold a player because he wanted extra time away from the squad, and he has now given multiple players that exact thing a week later.
He was simply too stubborn with Jansson, and as a result he has lost a valuable asset.